Funeral procession for Blaina firefighters

Blaina: 22 years on

The lessons learned in the aftermath of a fatal fire in South Wales where two firefighters were killed are still with us says Cerith Griffiths , regional secretary of the FBU in Wales. THE DATE 1 February 1996 will be forever etched in the minds of the residents of the small valley town of Blaina,...

UPDATED: Showtime from the Frontline

Long time friend and supporter of the FBU, comedian, activist and author, Mark Thomas, will be touring a new show in 2018, including an exclusive gig for FBU members. In 2009 Mark Thomas walked the entire length of the Israeli separation barrier in the West Bank. His subsequent book, Extreme...

Sixty years on from the Smithfield fire

The tragic Smithfield fire led to the deaths of two firefighters in 1958. It also kickstarted a union campaign to modernise the Breathing Apparatus. ARGUABLY the greatest ever achievement of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in the fight for firefighters' health and safety post-war has been the...

Update on pensions appeal against age discrimination

At the end of last year, an Employment Appeal Tribunal against age discrimination in the 2015 Firefighters' Pension Scheme was held between 11 - 14 December at which point judgement was reserved. We have now been informed that the judgement is scheduled to be handed down on the morning of Monday 29...

Firefighter Matt Sephton

Inside the tower

Until November, Grenfell firefighters were not allowed to talk about their experiences on that dreadful night. Now that their police interviews are under way, Lynne Wallis heard from Hammersmith firefighter and union rep Matt Sephton. Matt is limited in terms of what he can say about Grenfell, as...

Help us to celebrate your union's 100th birthday

Many of you will by now know that next year, 2018, is your union’s 100th birthday. We are going to celebrate our centenary throughout the year, culminating in a special memorial event at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 13 October, close to the formal date the union established itself on 1 October...

Healing the wounds

The Firefighters 100 Lottery has donated thousands of pounds to the medical charity RAFT that develops groundbreaking treatments for burns victims. THE DATE 8 January 2012 will be forever etched in Richard Richards’ memory. On that day, he was one of 40 firefighters who responded to a blaze at a...

Pensions: Appeal against age discrimination (Day 4)

Day four of the appeal against age discrimination in the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Thursday 14 December) began with the Government’s defence of the Employment Tribunal’s decision which, their QC said, was more complete and coherent than the Tribunal’s decision in the judges’ case. He...

Pensions: Appeal against age discrimination (Day 3)

Day three of our appeal saw us involved in more complex legal arguments. The QC who represents the senior judges started the day’s proceedings. Having outlined previously why the judges’ case is so different from ours, he now went on to outline how the law applies and why it applies in the same way...

Pensions: Appeal against age discrimination (Day 2)

Yesterday was the second day of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the age discrimination claims made by more than 6,000 firefighters regarding the introduction of the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme. As our legal team anticipated, the key question was around what flexibility the Government has...

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